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Birding Photo Quiz: August 2017

The “Featured Photo” in the August 2017 Birding is timely! How so? Well, we’ll give you a huge hint: Earlier this summer, the bird formerly known as the Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, was split by the American Ornithological Society into two species. One retains the vernacular name Northern Harrier but now goes by the scientific name C. hudsonius. The other gets the vernacular name Hen Harrier but preserves the scientific name C. cyaneus. Got it? 🙂

Another hint: This bird was photographed over open water off one of the remote outer Florida keys near Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe County. The date was April 13, so we’re talking raptor migration. And consider the possibility of vagrancy. Just sayin’ . . .

With those hints (or hindrances?), let’s talk about our Featured Photo. The full analysis and additional photos, by birder Sam Wilson, appear in the August 2017 issue of Birding magazine, arriving in ABA members’ mailboxes right now. But let’s first see what we can do with this bird, together, online. Without further ado:

Near Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe County, Florida; April 13, 2017. Photo by © Sam Wilson.


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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.